Title: Trans Generation
Release Date: 2005
Running time: 80 min (will also be a cable series with more episodes)
Distributor and Production Company: Sundance Channel, Logo
Director; Writer: Jeremy Simmons
Producer: Jeremy Simmons
Cast: Kate Flahtery, Evie Blackwell, Cameron Whitemore, Bryce Abelson, others
Relevance to DOASKDOTELL site: trans-gendered issue
film is a documentary following four trans-gendered college students, at
The film lets the students describe some of the physiological changes, but it never shows them. For male-to-female, surgery will invert the penis and craft an artificial vagina. For male-to-female, testosterone may be given, which will usually gradually increase the thickness of body hair in various areas and enlarge the clitoris.
There have been other medical reports (as on NBC Dateline) that testosterone actually sometimes helps some male teenagers with slow or lethargic thinking patterns.
1984 there were media reports of an Army female sergeant (
1993 Scott Peck (the son of a Marine officer who testified for keeping the
military ban during the debates about
I was reading your review of Trans Generation, which
I saw at Frameline in SF. I think you may have
confused the trans terminology in describing a couple of the scenes.
The film “Soldier’s Girl” also deals with this topic.
classic film on this topic was The Christine Jorgensen Story (1970,
United Artists/Edward Small, dir, Irving Rapper) in which John Hansen played
George and Christine. I recall scenes where George is taunted as “Georgette”
(the female name would be
Boys Don’t Cry (1999, Fox Searchlight, dir. Kimberly Pierce) a small-looking film that was a cult hit at the time of Y2K with its story of Brandon Teena, running from the law in Nebraska but also hiding the fact that he is really a woman (Hilary Swank, who won Best Actress in 1999 for her transgender role.). The locals get quite offended and brutal when they fund out Bradon’s “secret.” What other people think does matter here.
Day Afternoon (1975, Warner Bros., dir. Sidney Lumet) was the classic
potboiler about this topic. I saw this film at the old St. Marks Theater (a
dollar house then) in the
Breakfast on Pluto
(2005, Sony Pictures Classics/Pathe, dir. Neil Jordam, 127 min, R, UK/Ireland) Oh, what actors go
through! 29-year-old Irish actor Cillian Murphy
first has to look like a handsome teenage boy and pose as a transvestite
(Patrick “Kitten” Brady) in the
The Adventures of
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994, Gramercy, dir. Stephan Elliot,
104 min, R), has for a decade been a favorite at gay house parties. Two drag
queens and a transsexual go on an adventure in a van through the Australian
outback, on the way to a cabaret performance at
A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo
Some Like It Hot (1959, United Artists, dir. Billy Wilder, 122 min, sug PG-13). “By the sea, by the beautiful sea!” Hollywoodland got around all of the controversy in the 1950s by not taking it seriously, by keeping it as structured “light” entertainment. This famous film is in black-and-white, although it sounds like it could have been an early scope candidate. When two male musicians (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) stumble on the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (which looks very abstract in BW, with the white gunfire plume) they go into drag to escape a mob hit themselves. They shave their legs, their arms, and their chests, though not on camera; but Curtis especially as a girl looks like a plucked chicken. They pay their dues just like the guys in the Rocky Picture Horror Show. Marilyn Monroe (Sugar) becomes a caricature of femininity. Various comical situations encounter on the steam engine train, including one where Sugar tries to seduce a gay man (who says “I can’t fall in love”). In the last scene, Tony Curtis has to explain why he can’t marry another man, and says “because I’m a man,” and the reply is “Nobody’s perfect.”
The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967, 20th Century Fox, dir. Roger Corman, 100 min) was a famous gangster film about Al Capone (Jason Robards) leading up to the famous firing squad scene, this time in color and cinemascope. Also George Segal, Ralph Meeker, Jean Hale.
ABC 20/20: "My Secret Self: The Story of Transgendered Children", blogger review.
Southern Comfort (2001, HBO / Docurama, dir. Kate Davis) tells the story of the last year in the life of Robert Eads, a female-to-male transsexual living in southern Appalachia, dying of ovarian cancer. The story moves back and forth, and covers other transsexuals (one shown in an "heterosexual" scene where the female admires his now hairy chest, after showing him give himself a hormone injection in the thigh). The cancer becomes worse, leading to sudden bleeding, and hospitals become reluctant to treat. As a man he is totally heterosexual, and his family had more trouble with the transsexualism than with previous "lesbianism." (No relation to the 1981 thriller film by the same name from Fox).
Transfixed ("Mauvais genres", 2001, Picture This!/Pyramide, dir. Francis Girod, 106 min, R, France) A transgendered prostitute (as female) Bo (Robinson Stevenin) in Brussels had left home from a abusive, probably pedophile father. She is a suspect when a number of prostitutes turn up brutally murdered, and plays detective to clear her name. Although the concept is a bit cliched, the film is very slick, with a Hitchcockian musical score by Alexandre Desplat. Filmed lavishly (and very professionally as to lighting and advanced camera work) in scope, visually it reminds one of "Basic Instinct 2" more than of a typical Hitchcock film. I recognize the train station in Brussels, having been there (there was a lot of street entertainment inside with clowns when I was there in May 2001). Some brief shots, such as a dog eating a tongue cut out of a murder victim, are startling. For me, however, there was very little to like about the characters.
Prodigal Sons (2009, First Run Features/Sundance Channel, dir. Kimberly Reed). A transgendered person returns to Montana and documents the history of her siblings, with ironic results. Blogger.
Her Name Was Steven (2010, CNN/Miramax?/dir. Susan Stanton?) A CNN documentary film about a transsexual who lost her job as a city administrator in Florida. Blogger.
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